Dec 25, 2007

Accused murderer, Phil Spector, had some pretty interesting things to say about Oprah, Whoopi Goldberg, and other black sisters during Ike Turner's funeral this past Friday. Now I'm not one to take the words of an accused killer serious, but even I thought these quotes were worthy of posting. Maybe someone out there needed a laugh just as much as I needed one because this sure had me rolling. It's one thing to try an honor a person when they pass away, but it's another thing to try and rewrite history. Just honor the man and keep it moving.

Veteran music producer and murder suspect Phil Spector also spoke at the service, and had much to say about Ike Turner's contribution to American music being overshadowed by his exposure as a drug addict and abusive husband following the publication of ex-wife Tina Turner's biography, "I, Tina," and biopic, "What's Love Got to Do With It."

Spector told mourners: "First of all, the things that were said about Ike, that were in that piece-of-trash movie they made about him were ... (applause), it was a piece-of-trash movie."

In the film, a scene shows Spector approaching Ike and Tina after a television performance and requesting that Tina, played by Angela Bassett, sing lead on his song, "River Deep, Mountain High," without Ike. The movie depicts the slight as causing Ike, played by Laurence Fishburne, to have even more jealousy against Tina, which manifests in further physical abuse.

"I haven't seen the movie but it was told to me, and [Barney] Kessel was the world's greatest guitar player in the world and the only reason that Ike didn't play on 'River Deep, Mountain High' was because Ike was the second greatest guitar player in the world," Spector told the crowd, according to a witness quoted by columnist Roger Friedman. "I treasured him and everybody knew it except Ike. That's how good he was.

"Ike made Tina the jewel she was. When I went to see Ike play at the Cinegrill in the '90s after his absurd reason for being sent to prison for no reason other than being a black man in America, there were at least, and I counted them, five Tina Turners on the stage performing that night, any one of them could have been Tina Turner."

According to Friedman, Spector also lit into Oprah Winfrey for inviting Tina Turner on her talk show in the early 90s to discuss "I, Tina," her autobiography that includes accounts of the physical abuse she suffered during her marriage to Ike.

"She made Tina Turner's book into a bestseller, which demonized and vilified Ike," Spector reportedly said. "The book wouldn't have sold 10 books. It was badly written. It was a piece of trash and because Oprah idolized Tina, she didn't feel it wrong to vilify a 'brother.'

"Other black sisters did the same thing to Ike and there was a very famous story about Whoopi Goldberg, who had a television show for about five minutes, interviewed Ike. Ike had called me and said, 'Shall I do the show?' I said, 'You can't get hurt.' And he said, 'OK, I'm going to do it.' And we figured it would be good because it's Whoopi and Whoopi asked him, 'I understand before you were married when you were living together, you beat the hell out of her and she tried to commit suicide because she was so terrified of you and she tried to jump out of a window,' and Ike said, 'Yeah, but it's hard to jump out of a window from a basement
floor.'" (Source)


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